Another great podcast, Glenn & Valerie! I so love your in depth, scene-by-scene analyses of the shows - plus the geeky/Trekkie/academic sidetracks you give us as background to what's happening. So appreciated.
I liked this episode, but was surprised to find out it's a two-parter to end the half season. And like you guys, I was reminded of the Organians' peace effort from TOS. Curious to see how STD's first "fall finale" will play out.
CORNWALL: I didn't think for a second that she's dead. (Glenn needn't worry, the obvious love of his 23rd century life will totally be back!) Just in the way they shot it... that's not how these shows kill off mature actresses. I think L'Rell secretly might've sedated Corny during their tussle, or whatevs. But I'm guessing it was L'Rell's plan all along to sneak aboard the Discovery with whomever Kol took as a hostage. I'm just glad it's Corny and not the hostage who was supposed to be used - my nemesis Sarek - who btw was not in Sickbay when we saw Saru in there - so Sarek is safely far, far away! LOL
Speaking of SARU: like Valerie, I was also confused / off-put by our Kelpien's bit of Sickbay dialogue implying he was in his right mind when he beat the crap out of his fellow officers. I'd need to know he was temporaily insane or I'd ask Lorca to confine Saru to quarters / throw him in the Brig.
AIRIAM: This was a HUGE episode for Airiam, as we see that when Lorca, Saru and Burnham are gone, our favorite "spore drive ops operator" is next in line to take the con! Maybe the next episode will start with the entire crew of Discovery naked and in chains, under the lustful command of AIRIAM!
CLOAKING CONTINUITY: I am now nervous that this strange new wrinkle in what we believed was future history - i.e. that the Klingons shouldn't have cloaking tech yet - plus Stamets' apparent ability to see into alternate timelines, or perhaps affect them - plus the repeatedly-mentioned fact that spore drives can't exist past this series - may lead to this show being or ending up as (gulp)... an alternate timeline. And I parenthetically gulp because the Kelvin Universe films demonstrated to me that I don't really care for / or have a lasting investment in alternate Star Trek timelines. One thing I love about this franchise is its long, connective continuity. Okay BionicDave, take a deep breath... don't borrow trouble... be patient...!